Free in-court (on-site) mediation
Mediation is free for anyone in court for a:
- Dispute Resolution Officer meeting
Mediation is voluntary. You do not need to be referred by the judge. A judge cannot order you to mediate, but they may order you to attend a confidential intake meeting if you are attending a conference. You will not be forced to mediate if you do not want to do so, or if the mediator decides that your case is not suitable for mediation.
You do not need a lawyer to mediate. If you have a lawyer they can come with you to the mediation.
On the day of your court hearing, visit the Family Law Information Centre and speak with the Information and Referral Coordinator. They will give you information about mediation, and will also try to help you get legal advice, support if you are in an abusive relationship, and other resources.
The mediator will meet privately with each of you to assess if mediation is appropriate for you.
On-site mediation will take 2-3 hours. You may have to wait for the mediator to be available.
If the mediator cannot see you on the day of your court hearing, you can make an appointment to come back for a free mediation another day.
On-site service is excellent… Able to make decisions more quickly than through the court
Less intimidating, more impartial, free!
Thank you! Your mediation service was greatly appreciated. Great job
Thank you so much for all you have done. This is the way it should be versus going to court
Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)
You can learn much more about available services, mediation, court process, separation,
divorce and the law by visiting us at one of our Family Law Information Centres (FLIC)